ECU surgery professor named to Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

Dr. Carl E. Haisch, professor of surgery in surgical immunology and transplantation and vice chair of surgical education in the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, has been inducted into the American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators.

Haisch named master educator

Haisch is among a cohort of 63 surgical educators to be inducted into the academy in Chicago this fall.

“Dr. Haisch has contributed greatly to the education mission of the ECU Department of Surgery over many years,” said Dr. Eric J. DeMaria, interim chair of Brody’s Department of Surgery. “We continue to rely upon his expertise and experience as we develop new and better ways to educate surgeons both at ECU and around the world going forward. We are extremely pleased that the American College of Surgeons has recognized him for his many important contributions to education.”

Haisch is a dedicated educator whose experience in the field includes attending surgeon in transplant and trauma surgery. He served as chief of transplant at ECU for 20 years and was a member of the trauma team for 15 years. He has served on numerous local, regional and national committees and served as chair of the board of Carolina Donor Services. He is also a member in numerous transplant and trauma societies and is a member of the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and the Southern Surgical Association.

Once inducted, members actively engage in advancing the academy’s programs and goals, which are to advance the science and practice of innovative lifelong surgical education, training, and scholarship in the changing milieu of health care; foster the exchange of creative ideas and collaboration; support the development and recognition of faculty; underscore the importance of lifelong surgical education and training; positively impact quality and patient safety; disseminate advances in education and training to all surgeons; and offer mentorship to surgeon educators throughout their professional careers.

“The Academy of Master Surgeons Educators, a vital and ‘living body’ of the American College of Surgeons, continues its legacy of advancing the science and practice of surgical education. The academy is pleased to induct the 2023 cohort of distinguished and highly accomplished educators. This recognition is a true testament to the unwavering commitment of the college to develop and promote ‘best practices’ in surgical education, with the overarching goal to always improve patient care,” said Dr. L.D. Britt, past president of the ACS and co-chair of the academy’s steering committee.

Haisch’s other activities and honors as a surgeon educator include serving on the executive committee of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery and its foundation. He has served as a general surgery program director, surgery clerkship director, associate dean for faculty development and interim associate dean for student affairs. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Bernard Vick Teaching Award, the Distinguished Professor for Teaching from the UNC Board of Governors and the ECU Achievement in International Teaching Award. He was the honorary first recipient of the Carl Haisch Humanism Award initiated by the surgical residents in Brody’s Department of Surgery.

The ACS Academy of Master Surgeon Educators works to advance the science and practice of education across all surgical specialties. Individuals are selected as members, associate members, or affiliate members following a stringent peer review process. This year’s cohort includes 27 member inductees, 35 associate members, and one affiliate member. The first inaugural cohort was inducted in 2018 and the academy has grown to 358 professionals who represent 10 surgical specialties other than general surgery. Inductees are from 18 states and the District of Columbia. They come from 10 countries including the United States.

The ACS is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for all surgical patients. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an influential advocate for all surgical patients. The college has more than 88,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.